Bloody Falls of the Coppermine

In the winter of 1913, high in the Canadian Arctic, two Catholic priests set out on a dangerous mission to reach the members of an Inuit community, and convert them. Upon reaching their destination, the priests were murdered. Over the next three years, a tragic story became one of he Arctic’s strangest and most memorable police investigations and trials. A near-perfect parable of late colonialism, as well as a rich exploration of the differences between European Christianity and Indigenous mysticism, Bloody Falls of the Coppermine possesses the intensity of true crime and the romance of wilderness adventure.

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“A haunting and thoughtful account . . . a fascinating slice of forgotten history.”
–USA Today

“Compelling . . . a page-turner of the highest quality . . .This true story, filled with interesting characters interacting in a hostile world, reads like an excellent, mysterious novel.”
–Deseret Morning News

“This is a tale of misunderstanding and cross purposes, and Jenkins tells it well.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“Spellbinding . . . Jenkins [has] the reporter skills of a journalist, the cultural insights of an anthropologist and a spare yet literary style. . . . An adventure of mind-blowing drama.”
–The Vancouver Sun

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  1. […] concerning land use and climate change. As part of the class, we read McKay Jenkins’ book Bloody Falls of the Coppermine and then McKay came to talk to us about this book and other more recent work he has done on […]

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